Youth and Junior Skills Camp

June 26–28, 2019
McDaniel College
2 College Avenue Westminster, MD 21157

Our Youth and Junior Skills Camp returns to McDaniel College for its seventh year.

Whether your triathlete has their sights set on a National Championship or is interested in an immersive triathlon training experience, they'll leave our Youth and Junior Skills Camp with the skills and motivation to take their racing to the next level.

A wise man once said, “A camp is worth a year of racing experience.” But don’t just take our word for it, watch this USA Triathlon video.

Still not convinced? Relive our 2018 Youth and Junior Skills Camp 280 characters at a time.

Designed for the beginner to intermediate level 12–16 year-old triathlete and taught exclusively by USA Triathlon Certified Coaches, our three-day, two-night Youth and Junior Skills Camp focuses on the fundamentals of the sport. And for more experienced Youth and Junior Elite triathletes, our late June camp is an ideal training environment to sharpen skills ahead of the final USA Triathlon Elite Cup qualifier in West Des Moines, Iowa on July 14.

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At a Glance

  • USA Triathlon Certified Coaches

  • Three days, two nights

  • 12–16 year-olds (born in 2003–2007)

  • Check in Wednesday morning, check out Friday evening

  • Road bike with drop style handle bars required

About Youth and Junior Skills Camps

Youth and Junior Skills Camps focus on the fundamentals within triathlon's four disciplines. In the pool, campers will work on swim stroke technique, starts, buoy turns, navigation, and simulated open water swimming. On the bike, campers will practice cornering, climbing, descending, and braking, and be introduced to group riding and draft-legal racing skills. Run drills will focus on dynamic warm-ups, proper form, and pacing off the bike. Often called the fourth sport of triathlon, significant focus will be placed on mastering ITU-style flow through transitions with moving mounts and dismounts.

Campers will also learn about sports nutrition, how to structure their training, and how to keep triathlon in balance with school sports. Campers will benefit from working with coaches having specific youth triathlon education, training and certification while learning alongside peers who share their interest in the sport.

Athletic Prerequisites

While previous multisport experience is not required, campers should be able to swim 250 meters continuously, confidently ride a road bike with drop style handle bars (hybrid bikes and triathlon bikes with aero bars are not allowed), and run 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) without stopping.

Registration Fees, Camp Size

January 1–31, 2019 $399
February 1 – March 31, 2019 $439
April 1–30, 2019 $479
May 1–31, 2019 $519
June 1–24, 2019 $559

Registration fees above do not include transaction fees or USA Triathlon youth membership. Registration will close once the camp size has reached 25 campers to maintain a five to one camper to staff ratio.

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USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event

Our Youth and Junior Skills Camp is USA Triathlon sanctioned (#300620). It signifies that USA Triathlon has reviewed and approved our course curriculum and emergency and safety plans, and that our coaching staff all hold current USA Triathlon coaching certifications which includes CPR certification and an NCSI background check.

USA Triathlon Youth Membership Required

Campers must be USA Triathlon youth members. If your triathlete's membership has expired, expires before camp, or he/she is not a USA Triathlon youth member, you may renew or purchase a youth membership at the time of registration. An annual (12 calendar months) USA Triathlon youth membership is only $10 and includes these benefits.

Your Coaches

Christy Lausch leverages more than 20 years of multisport experience, holds USA Triathlon Level 1, USA Triathlon Level 2 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications, and is a USA Triathlon talent identification liaison. Christy leads the Junior Elite Women's Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and is a regular instructor for USA Triathlon Coaching Education's Youth & Junior coaching certification program.

Amy Maxwell holds USA Triathlon Level 1, USA Triathlon Level 2 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications, is a USA Track & Field Certified Level 1 Coach, and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Jake Fox is a competitive age group triathlete and holds USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications, and is a USA Cycling Level 3 coach. In 2017, Jake qualified for and competed at the [draft-legal] ITU Age Group World Championship in Rotterdam Netherlands.

Frank Fitzpatrick is a former elementary and current middle school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, and holds USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications and is a USA Cycling Level 3 coach.

Skills Camp Guide

Our Skills Camp Guide details important information including what to bring, check in, the camp schedule, and check out, just to name a few.

Check In, Check Out

Check in will be 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019 and check out will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019.

Camp Location

Our Youth and Junior Elite Skills Camp is hosted at McDaniel College. McDaniel College is a private college located in Westminster, MD, a small, historic town just 30 miles northwest of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and 60 miles north of Washington, D.C. Campers will enjoy traditional dormitory housing adjacent to the pool and dining hall and a short walk to the track. Sports fields and reserved parking lots will provide areas for transition, bike handling, and running drills, and the surrounding area will allow campers to safely practice individual and group riding techniques.

Lodging Before or After Camp

Should you need a hotel room Tuesday evening before check in Wednesday morning, or Friday evening after check out, there is a Best Western adjacent to the McDaniel College campus. 

Refund Policy

There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers of registrations.


Questions about Skills Camp? Contact the Head Coach, Christy Lausch, at